What an incredible month it’s been so far! Thank you for submitting your stories, photos and creative ideas for celebrating lifesaving treatment courts and their 30 years of success. Remember, we have one more thunderclap social media day on May 29; we hope you’ll join in to end the month with a bang!
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Indiana, California, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, Minnesota, Hawaii, Mississippi! From coast to coast and beyond, thousands of people are regaining their lives through recovery and starting on a new path of being productive, contributing members of our communities and families. Now that’s worth celebrating.
On May 15, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) gave a speech on the House floor honoring treatment courts and recognizing the 30th anniversary. Said Rogers, “At this moment, drug courts are providing a new lease on life to 144,000 Americans around the country. Thank you to the countless professionals who make up our 3,000 drug courts.” We second the congressman’s gratitude and add our thanks in particular to the treatment court professionals working so diligently in Kentucky!
Two governors provided keynote speeches at treatment court graduations recently. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam told graduates of the Newport News Behavioral Health Docket, “The sky is the limit. You can be whatever you want to be in this commonwealth and in this country.” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said of one drug court graduate, “I want to hear more stories like Mary’s. Her story is a testimony of reclaiming hope – proof that perseverance produces progress, and that addiction can be beat.” Read her op-ed here.
The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) held a Walk for Recovery for treatment court participants, family members and partner agencies to provide support, hope and healing for all those in recovery.
California’s Sacramento County Drug Court cleaned up a one-mile stretch of the American River Bike Trail in honor of National Drug Court Month. Clients, probation officers and counselors worked side by side, building respect, trust, empathy and camaraderie.
We’re thrilled to see several more members of Congress taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with treatment court teams, attend graduations and promote the positive work being done by these programs. Clockwise from bottom left: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with the Delta County Drug Court, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) with the Johnson County Recovery Court, and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) with the 15th Judicial Circuit Drug Court.